I have been on several house calls when I worked as a Vet Tech, especially for euthanasias. There were a few other calls that we made, including one to a farm to see a swan. Can you imagine trying to take a big bird like a swan in to the vet clinic?
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With the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, veterinarians will be allowed to carry controlled substances with them to make important house and farm calls. Many people opt to have their pet euthanized at home, because they feel it's more comfortable. The drug given to pets for a euthanasia procedure is a controlled substance. Without this law, veterinarians would not be able to provide at home euthanasias to their clients and patients.
Besides that, veterinarians can provide anesthesia and pain management to patients who need it as well. Many of the drugs used for pain management are also controlled substances. Other than cats and dogs, veterinarians do mobile calls to farms and even to help wild animals.
But, the bill still needs to pass in the U.S. House. You can help by asking your representative to vote for this bill. More information about the bill and how you can help get it passed completely can be found here at the AVMA website.
I can't imagine not being able to help animal patients who need it most. There are so many situations where a law like this really needs to be in place. In some cases, clients may be elderly or disabled and unable to get their heavy immobile pets in to the vet for treatment or even euthanasia. By being able to carry important drugs with them on their house calls, veterinarians can help a lot of pets and people too.